Faculty Advisor

Demetry, Chrysanthe

Faculty Advisor

Vaz, Richard Francis

Project Center

Boston, Massachusetts


The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources is committed to assessing new forms of renewable energy. This project determined the feasibility of rooftop wind turbines in Boston. We interviewed and consulted major stakeholders, and considered siting factors, turbine technology, economic feasibility and social reactions. Currently, rooftop wind turbines are not economically viable in Boston due to long payback periods resulting from siting challenges and underdeveloped technology. We recommend research into urban siting methods as well as vertical axis wind turbines.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering